Japan’s air force on Thursday conveyed its condolences to the Philippines following the deadly crash of a troop plane in Sulu that left 52 dead within the country’s worst military air accident in nearly 3 decades. “We are deeply saddened by the plane crash in Sulu. we provide our sincerest condolences to all or any those that lost thanks to the tragic crash,” unit commander Maj. Mizuno Masaki of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force said during a statement.
“Nevertheless, we are still very grateful for the chance to go to the Philippines and work with the PAF (Philippine Air Force) for the primary Air-to-Air bilateral training on HA/DR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief), especially this year which marks 65 years of friendship and 10 years of strategic partnership between our countries,” he added. The air forces of Japan and therefore the Philippines completed their first air-to-air bilateral training held at Clark air station in Mabalacat City, Pampanga on July 5 to eight. thanks to the crash of PAF’s C-130 aircraft, the inflight training was canceled, the Embassy of Japan within the Philippines said.
The activity was focused on ground training like load or offload training and simulated procedure utilizing 1 C-130 aircraft from JASDF. “We shared our knowledge and knowledge through the exercise and achieved a better level of coordination and operative capabilities on HA/DR with our Filipino counterparts,” Masaki said. “As a strategic partner and friend of the Philippines, we are considerably satisfied that our bilateral training contributes greatly to further strengthen the cooperation between our 2 air forces,” he added.
As a maritime state, Japan said it recognized the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific and commits itself to work with the Philippines and other partner countries for peace and stability within the region. In 2013, Japan came to the help of the country after Super Typhoon Yolanda cut a swathe through the central Philippines, killing over 6,000 people and leaving many thousands of families homeless.